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Dakota recreation report for Dec. 6, 2013

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Jamestown Sun

Dakota Recreation Report

Dec. 6, 2013

Patricia Stockdill

Outdoor Notes

Ice is never completely safe. Avoid areas with vegetation, moving water, pressure ridges, and springs. Check with local bait shops for any ice condition information.

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Remember to register with the N.D. Game & Fish Dept. before darkhouse spearfishing.

Remember that trappers need written permission from private landowners in possession while trapping.

Dec. 7: High Plains Duck Unit and merganser seasons re-open.

Dec. 14: Future of Hunting in N.D. conference, Ramada Inn, Bismarck, 8 a.m. Open for all hunters and wildlife enthusiasts.

Dec. 15: Deer muzzleloader season closes.

Dec. 17: Valley City Christmas Bird Count, Valley City Nat’l. Fish Hatchery, 8 a.m.

Dec. 18: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, 7:30 a.m.

Fishing

Devils Lake elevation, Dec. 4: 1,452.64 feet above mean sea level (MSL).

Stump Lake elevation: 1,452.25 MSL.

Lake Sakakawea elevation: 1,834.24 MSL; 16,000 cubic feet per second average (CFS) Garrison Dam daily releases.

N.D. Game & Fish Dept. Dist. game wardens: Ice-fishing is now in full swing with fair to good success on small area lakes prior to this week’s spell of winter weather. Watch ice conditions, however. The perch and walleye bite was scattered across Barnes, LaMoure, Richland, Ransom, and Sargent counties prior to the storm slowing activity. Try Swedish pimples with wax worms along drop-offs and ledges transitioning into deeper water. Back bays of Devils Lake gaining ice with Pelican Lake producing walleye. Try West of Grahams Island for perch. Fair walleye success on Lake Audubon.

Foster County area lakes, Dry Dock, Carrington: A few anglers walking onto some area lakes with limited reports on success yet.

Jamestown Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Good interest in early season ice-fishing but conditions aren’t safe for vehicles yet. Look for walleye and perch success on the north end of the reservoir as well as small area lakes.

Jamestown Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Good numbers of anglers on area lakes but watch for inconsistent ice depth. Lots of interest on small area lakes, as well as the reservoir.

Lake Ashtabula, Bayshore, Valley City: Lake is gaining ice with anglers walking onto the ice at the crossing and some houses on the lake. Smaller area lakes producing good success.

Lonetree WMA area lakes, Harvey: Goose Lake producing perch with fair walleye success. Clear Lake fair for perch but slow for walleye. Antelope Lake fair for perch.

Pipestem Reservoir, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: Some activity but no reports. Watch for springs throughout the lake.

Pipestem Reservoir, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: Look for increasing fishing activity.

Red River, River Keepers, Fargo: Ice forming along Red River edges making shoreline fishing difficult. Bois de Sioux River iced over but more cold weather needed to make ice safe.

Spiritwood Lake, Pioneer Bait Shop, Jamestown: No reports.

Spiritwood Lake, Sooper Stop, Jamestown: No reports.

Hunting

N.D. Game & Fish Dept.: Late season pheasant hunters are finding more pheasants showing up across southwestern Richland and Sargent counties up into LaMoure and Barnes counties. Best hunting is still farther south and west but at least hunters are finding some birds in the southeast. Work heavier cover in deeper sloughs and cornfield edges. Good Canada goose numbers along the Missouri River. Properly dispose of game carcasses.

East-central N.D.: Waterfowl moved with limited muzzleloader activity.

West-central N.D.: Weather could move ducks out along the Missouri River System but look for continued Canada goose hunting opportunities unless there’s too much snow for birds to feed. Pheasants are getting flighty.

Numbers to know

N.D. Game & Fish Department, main Bismarck office: 328-6300; website: (http://gf.nd.gov).

N.D. Game & Fish Department, Jamestown office: 253-6480.

RAP, Report All Poachers: (800) 472-2121.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bismarck, website: (www.fws.gov/northdakotafieldoffice).

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